Wine Wise Events is offering wine sails every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 24 around Casco Bay in Portland.  Contributed / Wine Wise Events

Erica Archer has planned a series of sailing and sipping adventures around Casco Bay this month. Archer, who is the owner of Wine Wise Events and is a sommelier and wine educator, believes that knowledge about wine is enhanced through tasting experiences, especially with food.

Wine sails operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 24 and include samplings of regional wines, discussion of specific production areas, label reading, grape varieties and a selection of cheeses, cured meats and fresh fruits.

Sande Updegraph lives in Brunswick and is a longtime food writer. She can be reached at [email protected]

All sailings run from 4-6 p.m., unless otherwise noted, aboard the 74-foot sailboat Frances, which leaves from the Maine State Pier in Portland. Tickets are through and are $125/guest: Oct. 15, Fall Foliage Sunset Sail featuring South African wines; Oct. 16, wines of the Loire Valley; Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m., sparkling wines; Oct. 17, wines from the Mediterranean; Oct. 22, all about cabernet sauvignon; Oct. 23, wines from the Piedmont region of Italy; Oct. 24, 1 p.m., autumn white wines; Oct. 24, French reds.

Upcoming wine region trips include Tuscany and Cinque Terre in April 2022 and Napa and Sonoma in November 2022.

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